In the rapidly changing business landscape, HR Managers are confronted by many challenges often on a daily basis. These challenges will continue to evolve for years to come.
HR departments and managers need to be adding real business value to their companies with a structured process now required to retain their workforce and ensure productivity is at peak performance. This could be through an increased emphasis on training and engagement programs or by investing in areas that will optimise expenditure of the business.
As the business world changes so does the role of HR professionals. With human resources a business driven function, effectiveness of the department depends on a thorough understanding of the strategic corporate direction, as well as the ability to influence key policies and decisions. In addition, human resource management challenges must be defined and solutions determined in ordered to succeed.
Meridian Services has 8 top tips that may help your HR career succeed:
1. Build strong relationships: Results matter but relationships matter more. Why? Because they help you get long term results.
2. Stay current and on top of industry trends: Just when you think you’re ahead of the game someone will come along and beat you with a winning formula. Don’t settle for what you know.
3. Create a culture of choice: What others say about your reputation is 10 times more powerful than what you say, even if you can articulate it better. Drive a positive culture, your employees will then become your biggest advocates.
4. Embrace and use the F word often! Relax, F stands for feedback! Make sure you are giving both positive and constructive feedback continuously.
5. Don’t get caught up with the work experience: Your experience doesn’t matter nearly as much as it used to. Move the focus from what you have done in the past to what you can do for the company’s future, TODAY. HR people are problem solvers, however if you aren’t enhancing retention, reducing costs or improving revenue for the company someone more competitive will compete for your role.
6. Expand your skills and enhance your expertise: To succeed in your role you need proven tools and strategies in place. Set aside 1 hour a week for career building. If you’re busy doing your job, it’s easy to forget to spend some time managing your career.
7. Invest in a mentor: Aligning yourself with people of influence can help your career progress. Ask them to coach to you and you’ll start viewing your role as a key player in the team.
8. Embrace change: As a HR manager your job is to lead change. If you’re not directing and guiding change you’re managing and not leading.
The role of HR Manager is one that can be stressful and emotive but one that is hugely rewarding. We hope these tips help you navigate your way through your unique work environment and help you enact real change.
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